Microchipping is process of implanting a microchip into your pet for identification purposes. Using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, the microchip stores a unique identification number. The identification number corresponds to important information stored in a database or registry such as pet name, description, and owner or shelter contact details, all stored in one of several national databases.
In the event that your pet becomes lost or runs away, local authorities or animal shelters that find the lost animal will use a scanner to determine if the animal has a microchip. If your animal does have a microchip, the scanner device reads the information on the chip allowing the shelter to identify the pet and contact you as soon as possible.
Contrary to popular belief, these microchips are not GPS devices. They only transmit information when they are read by a scanning device.
Registering your pet?
All owners should keep their registration information up to date. If you change your phone number, address, or email address, then you should contact the database/registry company and update your information. Contact details that are not current in the database render the chip useless.
How is a pet microchip installed?
Using a hypodermic needle, Dr. Whitworth or Dr. Buird inserts the microchip under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes seconds and is similar to receiving a vaccination. The microchip implant is no larger than a grain of rice.
The procedure is not painful and is commonly performed when an animal is spayed or neutered. Microchipping can be performed on a number of different common pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and a host of other animals.
How much does microchipping cost?
Even with the accompanying registration fees, implanting a microchip in your pet is inexpensive. Contact our offices at Patton Chapel Animal Clinic for a specific price quote.
Are the pet microchips safe?
While there have been a few cases of complications arising from implanting microchips in a pet, those instances occur very infrequently. The benefits of a pet being correctly identified and returned to its owner far outweigh the small risk of developing any complications during the implantation process.
Dr. Whitworth and Dr. Buird are experienced in injecting RFID microchips into pets and strongly recommend the procedure for all pets.
How long will the microchip last?
The microchip capsule is made of a strong biocompatible glass that won’t cause an allergic reaction when it is inserted under your pet’s skin. Absent any complications, the microchips last the entire life of your pet.
Watch this video to learn more about microchipping for your pet: